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June 2014 STRIP BONDS AND STRIP BOND PACKAGES INFORMATION STATEMENT We are required by provincial securities regulations to provide you with this Information Statement before you can trade in strip bonds or strip bond packages based on bonds of the Government of Canada, a Canadian province, or certain foreign governments or political subdivisions thereof. Please review it carefully. Preliminary Note Regarding the Scope of this Information Statement This information statement relates to strip securities that are based on bonds of the Government of Canada, a Canadian province, or certain foreign governments or political subdivisions thereof. Provincial securities regulations create an exemption from dealer registration and prospectus requirements for these types of securities. Strip securities may also be based on Canadian corporate bonds. While some of the information in this Information Statement may also be relevant to corporate bond-based strips, corporate bond-based strips are outside the scope of this Information Statement. If you are planning to purchase a strip or strip package based on a corporate Canadian bond, please note that such securities are not governed by the regulations referred to above, but rather, may be subject to certain decisions issued by Canada's securities regulatory authorities exempting certain Canadian corporate bond-based strip securities from various regulatory requirements, including Section 2.1 of National Instrument 44-102 – Shelf Distributions and Section 2.1 of National Instrument 44-101 – Short Form Prospectus Distributions. See e.g. RBC Dominion Securities Inc. et al., (2013) 36 OSCB 3867 (Apr. 8), online: www.osc.gov.on.ca/en/SecuritiesLaw_ord_20130411_2110_rbc-dominion.htm. Pursuant to each such decision, Canadian securities dealers file with the applicable Canadian securities regulatory authorities a short form base shelf prospectus and certain supplements thereto, pursuant to which certain Canadian corporate-bond based strip securities may be distributed on an on-going basis without a full prospectus (the "CARs 1 and PARs 2 Programme"). For each decision, the applicable shelf prospectus and its supplements may be found on the System for Electronic Document Analysis and Retrieval or "SEDAR" at www.sedar.com. Risk and other disclosures relating to securities issued as part of the CARs and PARs Programme are set forth in the shelf prospectus and supplements published on SEDAR, and investors considering purchasing such securities are advised to consult these documents, since considerations unique to securities issued as part of the CARs and PARs Programme are not addressed herein. 1 CARs are corporate strip bonds comprised of coupon and residual securities. 2 PARs are a form of strip bond package where the coupon rate is reduced to current yields, thus allowing the package to be sold at par.

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